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CRQuarto
01-07-2009, 3:55 PM
Curiously, how many rounds does 1lb of powder average for those reloading .223?

CSACANNONEER
01-07-2009, 4:05 PM
Every powder has a different recommended load so, first you need to know what type of powder and primer. Then, you can look up the max and min charge weights. After that, it's easy to figure out since, there are 7000 grains in a pound.

bohoki
01-07-2009, 4:08 PM
i use 25 grains of 748 so 7000/25 = 280 realistically i make about 200 then buy another and add the new bottle to the powder tube so i never get an exact count as i never let it run out

Beelzy
01-07-2009, 4:09 PM
At 25grs. per round (average) you would get 280 rds.

grammaton76
01-07-2009, 4:12 PM
~25gr or so is a good average for most powders out there.

In IMR4198 though, I've found you only need 19-20gr of powder to cycle an AR. This makes the powder stretch a long way, particularly as IMR4198 is one of the cheaper powders. :)

CRQuarto
01-07-2009, 5:19 PM
Thanks for the great responses!

mecam
01-07-2009, 6:14 PM
220~240 rds per jar of Varget at 26.5grs.

Darklyte27
01-07-2009, 6:40 PM
7000 grains in 1 lb

7000gr / 25 gr = 280

sargenv
01-07-2009, 6:53 PM
er.. 7000 gr per pound ;)

xrMike
01-07-2009, 6:59 PM
8000 grains in 1 lbPlease PM me your powder supplier; I need to start buying from him instead! :D

Darklyte27
01-07-2009, 6:59 PM
woops ya, 7000

anothergunnut
01-07-2009, 7:04 PM
Of course, there are 56,000 grains in an 8 pound keg making it good for about 2,200 rounds. No sense in buying a pound, get an 8 pound keg from Powder Valley and never look back.:D

jandmtv
01-07-2009, 7:44 PM
I use 24.5gr of Ramshot TAC my plinking .223's with Hornady 55gr FMJ-BT

8lb keg of TAC = 2285 rds of .223

8lb keg of TAC is $104.50 + Hazmat and shipping = $112.50 with group buy at PV, so its cheaper than most powders out there.

cost per round for TAC powder is just under 5 cents.

OrovilleTim
01-07-2009, 8:01 PM
Of course, there are 56,000 grains in an 8 pound keg making it good for about 2,200 rounds. No sense in buying a pound, get an 8 pound keg from Powder Valley and never look back.:D

Now that's some good thinking. I too have been thinking a pound at a time. I might have to go through and find a powder in common across several calibers.

To the OP... great question! :thumbsup:

CRQuarto
01-07-2009, 9:32 PM
Now that's some good thinking. I too have been thinking a pound at a time. I might have to go through and find a powder in common across several calibers.

To the OP... great question! :thumbsup:

Thanks! :) I guess now all I need to do is find a powder that covers .223 and .45!

grammaton76
01-07-2009, 10:15 PM
Thanks! :) I guess now all I need to do is find a powder that covers .223 and .45!

Generally, I don't think this is going to happen easily.

I believe rifles tend to use slow burning powders and pistols tend to be fast burning powders.

Just bear in mind that while 223 is around ~20-25gr in load, pistol calibers are usually ~5gr (VERY loose ballpark) in load. So, 7000gr in 1lb of powder will last you a long time in a pistol caliber...

fal_762x51
01-08-2009, 11:51 AM
I get about 275 rounds with a charge of 25.3 grains from a pound of H335.

postal16
01-08-2009, 12:45 PM
Thanks! I guess now all I need to do is find a powder that covers .223 and .45!

As grammaton76 said, you will need seperate powders. I use H335 for my plinker AR and R15 for more accurate AR.

I use Clays for my handgun loads, it is clean, relatively cheap and last a long time (>1200 rounds/lb for 9mm and .45 ACP)

JamesY
01-09-2009, 1:37 PM
I'm a few reloading manuals I have, there are some pistol powders that can be used for .223. I don't think I'll be trying it soon though